28Feb, 4pm & 6 pm, 28th Annual Black Film Festival @ MLKing Library

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full-length films.

mv5bmjexmze4mtk2mv5bml5banbnxkftztcwmjqwmdgymq-_v1_uy268_cr40182268_al_4 pm     Citizen King  1h
A documentary that draws on input from a broad cross-section of people to examine to last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life.


6 pm Moonlight (2016)|  1h 51minA timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library                                                       901 G St. NW   Washington,  D.C.  20001

27Feb, 7:00pm Film at Embassy

Little Senegal 
2001 – Algeria/France/Germany – 100 min
by Rachid Bouchareb

littlesenegal_0Aging Senegalese man Alloune curates a slavery museum in his home country. Spurred by the reaction of curious patrons, Alloune is inspired to find the descendants of the people brought to the United States during the slave trade. So he travels to America, eventually landing in New York and meeting up with his cab driver nephew, Hassan, Hassan’s girlfriend, Biram, and storekeeper Ida, who could be Alloune’s distant relative.
La Maison Française,  Embassy of France in the United States
4101 Reservoir Road NW

RSVP Today


The Uncivil Civil War: Films Beyond the Battlefields in February


921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington, DC 20003

The films of the Civil War are rich in the conflicts between the slave South and the abolitionist North. 

th-2February 26, 4:00 pm: Slavery by Another Name   Samuel D. Pollard’s Slavery by Another Name (2012) documents how debt peonage or involuntary servitude took the place of slavery for as many of 80,000 African-Americans in the South after the Civil War — 9,000 of whom died in captivity. 

26Feb, 12-4pm Walking Tour & Spoken Word Poetry

img_1216Retrace Reverend Josiah Henson’s footsteps from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom. Learn about his extraordinary life, which inspired the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Screenings of the Time Team America documentary: The Search for Josiah Henson at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.

3:00-4:00 PM

Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom

Create and share your own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry during our annual poetry event. Only self-guided tours are offered during the program. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.

Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Rd  Rockville, MD 20852

25Feb, 6-8pm Live Music $5.00

IMG_1546The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions–presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. Inaugurated in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the Washington DC area, singing, sharing, and learning the stories of the people in those communities. This program focuses on African American Civil War music inspired by the PBS TV show Mercy Street.

Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St.

25Feb, 3:30pm Book Talk


A White House chef knows the Chief Executive in ways few others do, and many have served not only as cooks but as confidants and informal policy advisors. In his second book, Miller, the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, winner of a James Beard Award for Soul Food, and former special assistant to President Clinton, profiles the largely African American kitchen staffs who have worked for presidents from the nation’s beginning. Many of these individuals changed history in ways overlooked until now: one cook averted a plot to poison the first president, another compelled President Johnson to do all he could to support the Civil Rights Act. Miller tells these and other stories, drawing on a wide range of oral histories, interviews, photographs, cookbooks, and more.

Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW